Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Over The Monida Pass and Down The Freeway

We leave tonight for Thanksgiving in Utah. I am SO excited! I cleaned my house this morning, finished packing, ran all my errands, and only have 2 more classes, 1 lab, and 1 exam standing in my way. I'm looking forward to passing these signs and sights and finally making it into the arms of my family. It's going to be a Partay with the Hirtles rocking it in the 2008 Dodge Caravan!

Wonderful sights!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Great Frozen White North

As promised, here is an insight into the freezer known as the great white north.

Yes, that is ICE on our storm door. I thought last night I would try to scrape it off like I do the truck windows... HA, it's like 1/2 inch thick

Outside view of the same thing

The pretty snow... I just wish it wasn't so cold. It was terribe to wake up to the man on the radio announcing it felt like -30c (-22f). It was painful!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Must Be Sunday Night...

I've got a lot on my mind. Today at church was busy busy busy! I was wound up as tight as a kite when I got home and started cleaning the kitchen so I could start dinner. Honestly between school, my calling, and my duties of being a wife, I am exhausted today!

This past week I have done a lot of reflecting. I am grateful that I decided to go back to school this semester, grateful for the things that I have learned, the friends I have met, and the sense of pride it has given me to go back. In the midst of it all, I realize sociology isn't for me, I want to plan/organize things, be creative, and put flowers together if I am going to have to pick a career. The thing that I realize I want even more is to be a stay at home mom. I see the joy all of my friends who have children feel being with their children, I want that too! My arms ache to hold a baby of my own, I want to stay home all day cleaning, caring for a child/children, doing dishes, laundry, changing diapers, feeding, ALL OF IT!!!! So I realize, this could very well be my last semester of school, and do you know what....?







Thursday, November 18, 2010

Salt Anyone?

For the record, those in Utah (particularly in Logan) have no idea what cold and bad weather is like. Take for example Calgary, Monday night November 15 it rained, and then turned in to snow, and snowed until mid morning on November 18th, which then resulted in clear skies and dropping temperatures (-13 F anyone?). Mind you it is only November and will only get WORSE!

Now, I have learned to bundle up prior to leaving the house, knee length poly down coat, snowboots up to my knees, mittens, and something covering my ears. I have learned I must take my glasses off and tuck my nose and mouth into the lip of my coat so I don't die. Driving on the other hand... a TOTALLY different story. Shane and I recently traded cars and I am now driving our truck (which has yet to be named). It scares me to death and gives me great anxiety. As a result from the rain FOLLOWED DIRECTLY by snow, there is about 2 inches of ice under all of the snowpacked roads. Yes, snowpacked roads. Mindy+rear wheel drive+ snowy/icy roads = a major disaster! Fortunately plows have been out more, but I sure do miss the luxury of living in a State with an endless supply of SALT!!!!!!! I never thoughth I would be grateful for the stuff that rusts your car, but I MISS IT!!!!!

So my take home message to my friends in Utah, be grateful for the salt and plows, they make a SIGNIFICANT difference and are FAR more frequent than in large cities like Calgary. Pray for me! I am NOT looking forward to this winter! (pictures of our frozen solid glass storm door and the look of outside my house, also, our winter wreath thus far)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


It's that magic month.  Shane asked in October if he could do "movember" I said why not.  Little did I know there is actually a meaning behind the madness.  It is in support of prostate cancer.  We decided to have a little fun and since Shane's facial hair is light, we put some mascara on his mustache to make it look a bit more real.  Good times, good times.  I have a feeling this mustache is going to be around until Christmas (they whole ugly sweater mustache party).  Is your man sporting a mustache?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Bonafide Engineer

This weekend Shane had his convocation ceremony and iron ring ceremony.  He is a bonafide engineer in training, 4 more years until he is a professional engineer.  I am so proud of him!!!!! Naturally we had to document this event

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


The trip was TOO short!  I was asked in the airport where "home" is, I still say I live in Calgary, but Utah is where I was raised.  I claim them both and probably always will!  Here are some shots from the airport last night.  Looking forward to being back down there, we leave again 2 weeks from tomorrow.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


I am grateful to be in Utah

Grateful I was able to be in the Temple with my sister yesterday

Grateful to be with my family

Grateful to go to church today

Grateful that I was able to read this talk... I recommend EVERY person read it, especially if you think you are "too busy"

What are you grateful for?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


There are that many days from right now that I will be done with this first semester at the University of Calgary.

I will not let school defeat me! I have come to the realization that the education that my fellow students received in high school is far superior to what I received in Utah. The fact that I haven't been to school in 2 years plays another factor. The University of Calgary is ranked significantly higher than Utah State, therefore is harder all of the way around. I have terrible study skills.

Having all of this in mind, I've got 56 days to prove to myself that I can do it!